August 2019 – House Bill 314, known as the “Human Life Protection Act,” was signed into law by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) on May 15.
Under the new law, abortion and attempted abortion are felonies in Alabama. Exceptions are allowed if the mother’s life is at risk; however, cases involving a child conceived in rape or incest are not exceptions.
Although mothers will not be punished under the law, abortionists can be charged with killing a baby, a Class A felony punishable by life or 10 to 99 years in prison.
“The measure, I believe, based on the way it’s written, is crafted to be a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade,” said Abraham Hamilton, AFA legal counsel. “It’s written in a way to say, ‘I dare you to take this to the Supreme Court.’” Roe v. Wade is the 1973 Supreme Court case that legalized abortion on demand in the U.S.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama and Planned Parenthood Federation of America responded by filing a lawsuit on May 27 challenging the law.
lifenews.com, 4/3/19; al.com, 5/3/19; alreporter.com, 5/27/19